Reader Contributions

An Open Letter to the ‘Activists’ of the World

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Dear “Activists,”  My name is Leah.

More Turn of the Century Medical History

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There is more to the story behind “History’s Lesson: Jewish Anarchist Doctors Cared for Philadelphia’s Immigrants” (Jan. 7).
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Shedding Light in a Dark Place

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I was feeling a strange kind of helplessness and despair over not being able to do more for those suffering from the virus.

Passover in a Changing COVID World

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About two weeks before Passover 2020, my adult daughter arrived at my doorstep holding an Instant Pot and all the food from her New York City apartment.

A Bat Mitvah Marks a Beginning … and an End

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“You have a bubbe who is very ill, and I want her to see all of  her five grandchildren become a bar or bat mitzvah. ... So how about Sunday?”
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Cantor Interprets Exodus Story

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By Cantor Rita Glassman Parshat Bo Perhaps you’ve already heard this story. Still, I imagine you’ll agree that a really good story never loses its ability...

Creating a World in an Instant

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By Rabbi Raysh Weiss After a brief, opening recap of the Israelite tribes that had descended to Egypt, the biblical book of Exodus, in its...

Witnessing History Unfold on the Steps of the US Capitol

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By Lou Balcher Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 6, the infusion waiting room hall of Fox Chase Cancer Center was filled, and the wait was hours long...

Making the Most of Senior Year

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By Maddie Gamburg Senior year has been anything but ordinary. Until now, I dreamed of the day that I would pull into the senior lot...

RBG Inspiration for Student’s Poem

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By Rebecca Simpson Homes go quiet across the nation. A sudden death brings devastation. A woman brings sharp ideas into the hemispheres. And though RBG has left this...